Iowa is home to over 100 commercial wineries, known for its cultivation of American and French hybrid grape varietals. Visitors can tour the wineries of the Upper Mississippi Valley AVA, which showcases hundreds of vineyards that combat tough, cold growing conditions to produce spectacular fine wines throughout the year. Quaint tasting rooms are located within easy day trip distance of major tourist destinations such as Des Moines and the Amana Colonies. Many wineries offer wood-fired pizzas, light bar bites, and craft beers or spirits produced in conjunction with area breweries and distilleries.
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Ackerman Winery has been producing fruit wines at its location within the Amana Colonies since 1956, originally opened to the public in 1856 by Louisa and Harry Ackerman. Today, the winery is overseen by Bill and Rona Wyant, known for its delicious fruit-forward wines crafted in exotic flavor variants such as mango, red raspberry, pomegranate, and dandelion. Traditional wine varietals are also showcased, including varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Edelweiss. Amana Colonies visitors can stop in at the company's tasting room daily throughout the morning and afternoon hours, with complimentary tastings of all the company's wines available for visitors ages 21 and older. A large assortment of wine-related accessories are also sold at the winery's gift store, including wine racks and glasses.
4406 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203, Phone: 319-622-3379
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Annelise Winery is a local family-owned winery in Indianola, expanded from a backyard grape-growing patch to a full-service winery in 2014. The winery, which is easily accessible for a day trip from Des Moines, cultivates 11 acres worth of vineyards across two sites, overseeing harvesting of more than 7,000 vines producing classic red and white varietals. Wine styles sold include Frontenac, St. Croix, Sabrevois, and Vignoles, with delicious blends and fruit wines such as blueberry and raspberry also available seasonally. A public tasting room is open on the weekends throughout the winter months, with extended hours for summer vacationers. All portions of the winery are fully ADA-accessible for visitors with mobility concerns.
15110 IA-92, Indianola, IA 50125, Phone: 515-229-1299
3.Bodega Victoriana Winery and Wedding Barn
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Bodega Victoriana Winery and Wedding Barn is a charming family-operated winery located within western Iowa's gorgeous Loess Hills. The winery, which was originally founded in 2005, is located less than half an hour's drive from downtown Omaha. Wine grapes are all grown within the Loess Hills region, cultivated according to traditional Spanish wine harvesting methods. Wines for sale include Edelweiss, St. Pepin, Bianco Fino, and St. Croix varietals, along with delicious sweet red and white blends highlighting fruit notes. A full selection of tapas accompanies wines at the company's public tasting room, ranging from high-quality cheese and charcuterie boards to fine Spanish olive oil tastings.
60397 Kidd Rd, Glenwood, IA 51534, Phone: 402-618-3640
4.Brick Arch Winery
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Brick Arch Winery is a delightful winery in West Branch, owned and overseen by Ilene Lande and John McNutt since 2011. The award-winning winery produces more than 3,500 gallons of wine per year, ranging from traditional varietals such as Chambourcin and Chardonel to high-quality reserve blends named for local landmarks such as Sunset Bridge. Its tasting room serves as a major tourist attraction for area visitors traveling to tour the impressive Herbert Hoover Library, which is overseen by the United States National Archives and Records Administration. Small plate tapas are served up at the company's tasting room, including charcuterie plates, soft pretzels, and spinach artichoke dip. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, guests can dine on homemade brick-oven pizzas, while on Friday and Saturday evenings, visitors can listen to live music performances by regional bands.
116 W Main St, West Branch, IA 52358, Phone: 319-643-4001
5.Buchanan House Winery
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Buchanan House Winery is a member winery of the Iowa Wine Growers Association, housed within a restored brick mansion in Tipton that was originally constructed by its namesake Alexander Buchanan in 1885. The mansion, which served as the estate house for a 560-acre pioneer farm, was purchased in 2009 and transported to its current location by winery owners Linda and Randy Weaver. Today, guests can sample the company's red, white, sparkling, and fruit wines at its public tasting room, which is open daily without appointments necessary. Private wine tastings are available with advance reservation for small groups. Guests can also explore the winery's vineyards as part of self-guided tours or stroll through its 1.5-acre Colonial Revival-style garden, which showcases perennial plantings and ornamental flowers.
726 Green Rd, Tipton, IA 52772, Phone: 563-357-9916
6.Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery
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Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery was originally founded in 2005 by Jeff Quinn, following in the tradition of his Iowa farming family, including his grandfather Nicolas Quint, a noted regional producer of fine brandies. The winery, which is located within convenient driving distance of Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, produces award-winning wines as part of its Cedar Ridge House, Iowa Varietal, and Premiere Series labels. Guests can taste wines at the company's tasting room, which is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays throughout the year. The winery is also home to the Cedar Ridge Distillery, Iowa's first licensed distillery facility since Prohibition, which serves up award-winning small-batch brandies, rums, gins, and vodkas. Cafe-style dining is offered at the winery's tasting bar, which serves up delicious handcrafted pizzas and bar fare.
1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher, IA 52338, Phone: 319-857-4300
7.Covered Bridges Winery
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Covered Bridges Winery is a charming stop on the Heart of Iowa Wine Trail, owned and operated by married duos Jean and Kevin Fifo and Kevin and Rose Boyle. The winery, which is located just north of the city of Winterset, was opened to the public in 2016 within a brand-new state-of-the-art production facility and tasting room space near Highway 169. Wines are produced from native and French-American hybrid grapes, prepared in excellent red, white, and blush varietals such as Marechal Foch, Edelweiss, St. Croix, and La Crescent. Beautiful North River Valley views are offered from the company's tasting room, which is open to the public throughout the week during the summer and at select weekend times throughout the winter. Public special events include live music performances and food pairing events.
2207 170th Trail, Winterset, IA 50273, Phone: 515-729-9463
8.Eagles Landing Winery
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Eagles Landing Winery was named as Iowa's winery of the year in 2018, also recognized as the home of the state's winemaker of the year in 2013. The winery, which is conveniently located within downtown Marquette near top area attractions such as Effigy Mounds National Park and the Yellow River State Forest, was originally founded in 1999 and has been releasing wines under its Marquette Maid label since 2003. Today, its award-winning wines are sold at more than 135 locations throughout the state, including its acclaimed double-gold-medal-winning dessert varietals. A lovely tasting room offers samples and glass pours of 36 wine varieties, available for free daily during the morning and afternoon hours. Overnight guests can stay at the Eagles Landing Bed and Breakfast, which is located within walking distance of top city attractions such as the Casino Queen riverboat casino.
127 North St, Marquette, IA 52158, Phone: 563-873-1905
9.Empty Nest Winery
Empty Nest Winery was originally opened in 2011 in Waukon, housed within a reclaimed century-old family barn with breathtaking architectural elements such as barn board framing, vaulted wood ceilings, lighted spiral chandeliers, and two handmade 24-foot bars. The family-operated winery, which began production with a lineup of eight wines, now serves up a full lineup of standard and seasonal wines, including high-quality dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and dessert wines and blends. Fruit-forward wines are also produced, including specialties such as blackberry port wine or chocolate raspberry wine. Guests can taste wines each weekend at the company's tasting room, which also serves sangrias, craft beer, and hard ciders produced on site. Free popcorn is available to munch on, with hot buffet food offered on select Fridays.
352 Apple Rd, Waukon, IA 52172, Phone: 563-568-2758
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Fireside Winery is a delightful family-operated winery in Marengo, opened by married duo William and Rona Wyant. The winery, which is named in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's historic "Fireside Chat" radio broadcasts, strives to cultivate an atmosphere of communal gathering centered around sharing wine and friendship. High-quality red, white, and specialty blend wines are sold, ranging from regional varietals such as La Crescent and Iowa Seyval to delicious sweet, dessert, and fruit blends. Tastings and tours are offered on weekends at the company's tasting room facility, which is located within convenient driving distance of the nearby Amana Colonies and the University of Iowa. Three outdoor fire pits are available for guest use during the warmer months, along with a cozy patio and fireplace. Live music performances throughout the year showcase Midwestern regional bands and artists.
1755 P Ave, Marengo, IA 52301, Phone: 319-662-4222
11.La Vida Loca Winery
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La Vida Loca Winery is a charming family-operated winery near Indianola, conveniently located within day trip distance from nearby Des Moines. The award-winning winery is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays during the afternoon and evening hours, with the exception of major national holidays. A wide variety of wines are produced from the region's ripest and freshest fruit and grapes, including high-quality dry, semi-sweet, and sweet red and white varietals. Fruit wines are also sold, along with a selection of unique aromatic cooking wines sold in flavors such as jalapeño or onion-raisin. The winery's romantic tasting room and grounds may also be reserved for private special events, including weddings and receptions with full bar service.
7852 Jesup St, Indianola, IA 50125, Phone: 515-962-2236
12.Madison County Winery
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Madison County Winery is the premiere winery of the town of St. Charles, located within Madison County along Highway G50. The winery, which was opened in 2001 by married duo Cheryl and Doug Bakker, is operated today with the aid of their three children, Julia, Andrew, and Brittany. Since 2010, the winery has operated a public tasting room and warehouse, which also brews beer in cooperation with regional craft brewers Twisted Vine Brewery. Excellent white, red, and rosé wines are served up at the tasting room, which also offers draft from Twisted Vine and Big Rack Brew Haus. Cheese and chocolate platters are available to complement tastings, including selections sourced from Frisian Farms and Milton Creamery. Live music performances are showcased throughout the year at the winery's outdoor amphitheater, which can also be rented for private special events for up to 200 guests.
3021 St Charles Rd, St Charles, IA 50240, Phone: 641-396-2220
13.Park Farm Winery
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Park Farm Winery is located in Durango, less than 20 minutes west of the city of Dubuque, making it a perfect day trip choice for winery visitors coming from neighboring Illinois or Wisconsin. The charming chateau-style winery is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and pasture lands, evoking an Old World European-style ambiance. 11 acres of estate vineyard grounds focus on cold-climate grape cultivars specifically meant to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the Upper Midwest, including La Crescent, LaCross, St. Pepin, and Frontenac Gris. Other high-quality varietals showcased at the winery include Maréchal Foch, Leon Millot, and Marquette produced with grapes sourced from the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA. A year-round tasting room and shop offers daily wine tastings, served up alongside gourmet brick-oven pizzas.
15159 Thielen Rd, Durango, IA 52039, Phone: 563-557-3727
14.Penoach Vineyard and Winery
Penoach Vineyard and Winery is a quaint family-operated winery in Adel, housed within a renovated barn from the early 20th century overlooking the winery's estate vineyards. The working winery produces 14 varietals of fine wines produced from eight varieties of grapes grown on site, including delicious themed red and white blends. A tasting room is open to the public Fridays through Sundays, with limited operation hours between November and April. Visitors should note that the winery is closed for the months of January and February, though tastings and sales are available at select times with advance appointment. Guests can relax with bottles of wine on the winery's covered patio or attend seasonal Friday night concerts, showcasing local bands and artists.
26759 N Avenue, Adel, IA 50003, Phone: 515-993-4374
15.Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery
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Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery was originally founded in April of 2005 by Andy and Julianna Hrasky, located in Treynor within the beautiful Loess Hills region. The winery, which began commercial distribution following the 2006 harvest season, cultivates world-class wine grapes for use in classic varietals such as Edelweiss and Frontenac and high-quality red, white, and blush blends. An elegantly-decorated tasting room and bar serves up wine flights, glasses, and bottles, along with cheese and charcuterie selections and a variety of craft beers. A charming seasonal outdoor patio is ADA-accessible and offers complimentary wireless internet access, while a seasonal event center provides rental space for weddings and receptions.
31506 Pioneer Trail, Treynor, IA 51575, Phone: 712-487-3812
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PromiseLand Winery is a delightful family-operated winery in Guttenberg, owned and operated by Pat and Cindy Wachendorf. The company produces a full lineup of delicious and drinkable wines, including dry, semi-sweet, and sweet red varietals and blends. Wines are cleverly named and designed with book-cover-like labels, including the pineapple and grapefruit notes First Crush, the Catawba and Niagara blend Cabin Fever, and the St. Croix-focused Great River Red. Complimentary wine tastings are offered at the company's tasting room, which also sells wines by the bottle or by the glass and serves up delicious craft pizzas. Winery and vineyard tours are available by special appointment. A number of retail stores are located on site at the winery, including boutiques and wine accessory shops.
39053 Great River Rd, Guttenberg, IA 52052, Phone: 563-252-2665
17.Snus Hill Vineyard and Winery
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Snus Hill Vineyard and Winery is an award-winning winery in Madrid, originally founded in 2000 by Diane and John Larson. The family-operated winery, which is named in honor of the couple's Burmese cat, strives to craft wines that reflect the region's identity and climate, with a focus on harvests of American and French-American hybrid varietals. A wide variety of white, red, rosé, and dessert wines are sold, many with cat-themed naming and labels. The winery's beautiful tasting room and outdoor patio space are open to the public throughout the year, offering tastings and food trucks parked on site periodically serving the best of the region's cuisine. Live concerts throughout the summer are open to visitors of all ages, with family activities and children's play areas available for younger guests.
183 320th St, Madrid, IA 50156, Phone: 515-795-3535
18.Stone Cliff Winery
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Stone Cliff Winery was originally opened by Nan and Bob Smith in 1995, offering its first commercial wines for the 2001 season. Since 2007, the winery has been housed within Dubuque's historic Star Brewery building, which overlooks the beautiful Mississippi River and the Port of Dubuque. Classic wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, and Zinfandel are sold year-round, along with blends and fruit wines prepared from produce such as apples, raspberries, and cranberries. Award-winning wines can be sampled at the winery's tasting room, which also offers draft beer selections and light bar fare. Live music performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays showcase the best of the region's musicians and bands.
600 Star Brewery Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001, Phone: 563-583-6100
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Summerset Winery is an award-winning Indianola winery, easily accessible for day trips from nearby Des Moines. The winery, which was opened to the public in 1989 by Linda and Ron Mark, was one of Iowa's first estate wineries at the time of its founding. Today, it continues to be one of the state's highest-producing wineries, harvesting excellent grape varietals on its 12-acre vineyard. Up to three complimentary wine samples are offered at the winery's public tasting room, including samples of the company's blush wines and meads. Wines are also available by the flight, glass, or bottle, along with a selection of bar snacks, fine cheeses and sausages, and local craft beers. During the summer months, guests can enjoy yard games outside on the winery's patio, including a full-size bocce court. Overnight stay is offered at the Inn at Summerset, which is available as a rental property.
15101 Fairfax St, Indianola, IA 50125, Phone: 515-961-3545
20.Tassel Ridge Winery
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Tassel Ridge Winery is a charming local winery in Leighton, focused around providing educational wine experiences and tours for all visitors. The winery produces a large variety of fine wines throughout the year, including dry, semi-sweet, sweet, fruit, and dessert wines crafted with excellent grapes grown throughout central Iowa. 45-minute winery tours are offered anytime during regular business hours, showcasing the history of Iowa grape growing and harvesting and the winery's process of fermenting, blending, and bottling. Guests can also ride the winery's Grapemobile, which tours the company's vineyards. Complimentary wine samples are offered at the winery's tasting room, with flights, pours, and bottles available for purchase. Special events held at the winery throughout the year include quarterly murder mystery dinner events and themed chef's tasting dinners.
1681 220th St, Leighton, IA 50143, Phone: 641-672-9463
21.Train Wreck Winery
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Train Wreck Winery was opened to the public in December of 2011, opened within Algona's Chicago North Western Railroad station. The company produces all of its wines from Midwestern grape varietals grown at its estate vineyard facility, housed on the grounds of Livermore's Clark Century Farm, which is located at the site of a famed Minneapolis-St. Louis Rail Line train wreck that gave the winery its name. Easy-drinking white, red, and blush wines are sold, all themed with names and imagery that evoke railroads and the pioneer Midwest. A tasting room is offered at the winery's railroad depot location, open to the public each Friday and Saturday throughout the afternoon hours. Live music performances throughout the year showcase the talents of top area bands and musicians.
112 N Phillips St, Algona, IA 50511, Phone: 515-395-3376
22.Two Saints Winery
Two Saints Winery is a charming family-operated boutique winery in Warren County, located just south of West Des Moines in St. Charles. As one of Iowa's only 100%-state-grown grape wineries, the winery sources grapes from both its private estate vineyard and other top growers throughout the Warren County region. Flagship wine offerings focus on excellent dry reds and aromatic dry whites, with specialty port and fruit wines also available throughout the year. A full-service winery facility offers a tasting room serving up wine flights, including blind flights and custom flights. A scenic seasonal outdoor deck provides additional space for enjoying food and bottles for purchase.
15170 20th Ave, St Charles, IA 50240, Phone: 641-396-2102
23.Tycoga Vineyard and Winery
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Tycoga Vineyard and Winery is a family-owned winery that was originally founded in 2010, planting its first vineyard estate grapes in April of 2013. The award-winning winery, which has received major medals at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, opened its public tasting room facility in 2014. Visitors can sample more than two dozen types of wines, ranging from dry white and red varietals to elegant dessert wines and blends. The winery's tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays during the afternoon and evening hours. Wood-fired pizzas are served up on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, prepared in delectable flavors such as barbecue chicken, arugula, and Hawaiian.
2585 195th St, DeWitt, IA 52742, Phone: 563-659-1443
23 Best Iowa Wineries
- Ackerman Winery, Photo: Ackerman Winery
- Annelise Winery, Photo: Igor Normann/stock.adobe.com
- Bodega Victoriana Winery and Wedding Barn, Photo: Alessandro Cristiano/stock.adobe.com
- Brick Arch Winery, Photo: Brick Arch Winery
- Buchanan House Winery, Photo: Buchanan House Winery
- Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, Photo: Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery
- Covered Bridges Winery, Photo: Covered Bridges Winery
- Eagles Landing Winery, Photo: Eagles Landing Winery
- Empty Nest Winery, Photo: poplasen/stock.adobe.com
- Fireside Winery, Photo: Fireside Winery
- La Vida Loca Winery, Photo: La Vida Loca Winery
- Madison County Winery, Photo: Madison County Winery
- Park Farm Winery, Photo: W PRODUCTION/stock.adobe.com
- Penoach Vineyard and Winery, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery
- PromiseLand Winery, Photo: Jose Ignacio Soto/stock.adobe.com
- Snus Hill Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Snus Hill Vineyard and Winery
- Stone Cliff Winery, Photo: Stone Cliff Winery
- Summerset Winery, Photo: Summerset Winery
- Tassel Ridge Winery, Photo: Tassel Ridge Winery
- Train Wreck Winery, Photo: Train Wreck Winery
- Two Saints Winery, Photo: Elenathewise/stock.adobe.com
- Tycoga Vineyard and Winery, Photo: N.Van Doninck/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: daniele russo/stock.adobe.com